Title

Little Frog, Big Toxin

Date

5-28-2015 9:00 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Patricia Flatt

Session Title

Deadly Toxins: Who Makes Them and How Do They Work?

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Flatt

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Deep in the tropical rainforests of Colombia lives a frog. Known by scientists as Phyllobates terribilis, this frog is known to the world as the Golden Poison Dart Frog. This frog is only the size of a paperclip and yet has enough toxin in its body to kill 10 grown men. The toxin it carries is very unique, existing in only a couple species of frogs and birds, and it is called batrachotoxin. This review aims to explain what makes batrachotoxin so deadly and what scientists are looking at doing with this tropical poison.

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May 28th, 9:00 AM May 28th, 11:00 AM

Little Frog, Big Toxin

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Deep in the tropical rainforests of Colombia lives a frog. Known by scientists as Phyllobates terribilis, this frog is known to the world as the Golden Poison Dart Frog. This frog is only the size of a paperclip and yet has enough toxin in its body to kill 10 grown men. The toxin it carries is very unique, existing in only a couple species of frogs and birds, and it is called batrachotoxin. This review aims to explain what makes batrachotoxin so deadly and what scientists are looking at doing with this tropical poison.